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The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean

The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean

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by David Abulafia

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ISBN-10: 0195323343

ISBN-13: 9780195323344

Pub. Date: 10/13/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Situated at the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millenia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another. David Abulafia offers a fresh perspective by focusing on the sea itself: its practical importance for transport and sustenance; its dynamic role in

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The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Volpe More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying The Great Sea. It is quite comprehensive and readable with a couple of limitations. It is necessary to have a good historical atlas at the ready to constantly look up the places cited and the political entities mentioned. Abulafia's book needs more maps and a reader's guide to the various evolving tribes, kingdoms, alliances, etc. to make it more readable for a reader without a strong background in history. I highly recommend this book to all those interested in our past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the single most informative and comprehensive book on a history subject I have read in years. It is difficult to put into context the various ways that civilizations across the Mediterranean interacted with each other; expanded (or not) and grew their wealth and culture (or not) without knowledge of how they were able to use the sea. This book does a nice job of exploring the region over thousands of years and through myriad changes in the balance of power, trade and religion...themes that have special relevance today and into the future. The changes shaking the region today are echoes of similar episodes over the millennia which the author lays out in a matter of fact yet interesting way. My only suggestion is for better maps, or none at all. The included diagrams are used over and again and do not add much to the mix. More detailed maps indicating the extent of each culture/civilization along the shores and islands would be an easy addition and enormously helpful. This must have been a tough task to write such a complete book and stay focused on the Sea itself and not get seriously sidetracked with so much history in the region. Outstanding read overall.
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I think I am going to throw this peice of crap away and buy an IPAD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book sucks